Mazda CX-3, Mazda6 Discontinued For 2022 Model Year

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With the 2022 model year rolling in, Mazda is making a few large changes to its lineup. The Japanese automaker confirmed that the CX-3 and Mazda6 would be discontinued for the 2022 model year. While we’re not surprised to hear that the CX-3 is getting the axe, we’re shocked to see Mazda pull the plug on the Mazda6 sedan. But, the decision means that Mazda is just following current trends in the industry.

Mazda didn’t provide a reason behind its decision to discontinue the two models. All it said was it would not offer the CX-3 and Mazda6 for the 2022 model year as “consumer interests continue to evolve.”

Ever since Mazda introduced the CX-30 in 2020, we had a feeling that the CX-3’s days were numbered. The introduction of the all-new CX-30 practically marked the CX-3 for dead. With the CX-30 being a much better vehicle than the CX-3, we can’t say we’re surprised or all that sad to see the CX-3 go. The Mazda6 is a different story.

In the dwindling midsize sedan class, the Mazda6 brought an upscale design, fun driving dynamics, and a powerful turbocharged engine. It was one of the better choices in the class and now, it’s not coming back for 2022. It’s left us scratching our heads. The decision to kill off the midsize sedan matches ones that Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and Lincoln made recently to move to being SUV-only brands. Since Mazda still offers the Mazda3 which went through a redesign just a couple years ago, we don’t think this is the case for the Japanese brand.

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Car and Driver believes that the Mazda6 won’t stay dead of long. The outlet, citing rumors, claims that the midsize sedan will return with a new rear-wheel-drive platform and a new inline-six engine. If true, that would help the Mazda6 go further upstream. It would also help the Mazda6 stand out against the front-wheel-drive heavy class that includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

It wouldn’t be unusual for Mazda to discontinue the Mazda6 sedan before bringing it back as an entirely new vehicle. Usually, when an automaker does that, it doesn’t bring the name back for a few years. Or, like Car and Driver believes, Mazda could come out with a new midsize sedan under a new name to take the Mazda6’s place. We saw something similar with the Volkswagen CC and Arteon. Essentially, VW discontinued the CC in 2017 and then introduced its replacement under the Arteon name in 2019. This theory seems more likely.

With the decision to discontinue the Mazda6, the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are the only other cars consumers can purchase with a Mazda badge. Of course, there’s the sporty MX-5 Miata, but that’s a convertible with seating for two people. As far as SUVs go, Mazda will continue to sell the subcompact CX-30, compact CX-5, and midsize CX-9.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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